Originally Posted by rob28
So as many of you may know i have a 55gal tank that is currently undergoing high water temp treatment for ich do to not using a quarantine tank method to introducing new fish.
I have a 5 gal
with an hob
filter and a small airstone and a 15 watt light in the fixture.
my questions are as follows:
1) is this a good enough tank for the purpose
2) do i need to cycle the tank
3) can i have the tank up and running all the time even if fish are not currently quarantined
4) if sick fish are quarantined, what do i do to tank after treatment
i did do a quick search on this but did not find much so if there is a sticky somewhere please point it out.
1) A 5gal will suffice depending on how many fish you get at a time. I suggest also getting a heater.
2) Yes the tank needs to be cycled. You can either run the 5g filter on the 55g for a couple weeks, or take filter media from the 55g and add it to the 5g's filter.
3) Yes you can have it running. If there are no fish in it, I suggest running the 5g filter on your 55g to keep the bacteria alive in the filter and then add it to the 5g before you add fish.
4) The treatment is going to kill your bacteria. So go ahead and take the tank apart and clean it and everything with bleach or vinegar to disinfect it.
For a QT tank, you'll want to qt the fish for at least 4 weeks, if not 6-8 weeks. So the tank must be cycled, filtered, aerated, and heated. As for will the tank be big enough for your fish, remember that for a QT tank you can consider the current
size of the fish instead of the adult
size of the fish.